“Give me back the Berlin wall
Give me Stalin and St Paul
Give me Christ
or give me Hiroshima
Destroy another fetus now
We don’t like children anyhow
I’ve seen the future, baby:
it is murder
Things are going to slide … When they said REPENT REPENT …”
— Leonard Cohen, “The Future”
BRISBANE – Catholic Workers Confront Gen. Cosgrove as the Public Face of Catholic Education, Demanding he Repent the War on Iraq or Resign as Chancellor of Australian Catholic University
Members of the pacifist Catholic Worker movement conducted an anti-war vigil outside the gates of St. James College Fortitude Valley/ Brisbane on Monday in opposition to Gen Cosgrove giving the opening speech at Catholic Education Week.
Catholic Workers had previously protested in 2010 outside a St. Mary’s Cathedral/ Sydney mass conducted by Cardinal Pell celebrating the installation of General Cosgrove as Chancellor of Australian Catholic University.
A simultaneous protest vigil was also then conducted at St. Stephen’s Cathedral Brisbane
YOUTUBE (1min. 50 secs) 2010 C.W. Sean O’Reilly Speaking Out on the Steps of St. Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane.
Last Monday’s anti-war vigil at the gates of St. James College, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane was preceeded by a “Radical Rosary Mystery Tour”. The tour commenced at the Fortitude Valley site of the 1973 Whiskey Au Go Go nightclub firebombing massacre. The mass murder was the largest killing of white Australians in history at the time.
Catholic Workers read the names and ages of the slain Darcy Day (22), Paul Zoller (18), Colin Folsier (19), David Green (19), Leslie Palethorpe (20), William Nolan (22), Peter Marcus (23), Jennifer Davies (17), Fay Will (19), Wendy Drew (24), Carol Green (27), Desma Carrol (29), Brian Watson (32), Desmond Peters (31) and Earnest Peters (50). The slaughter was an expression of the long term co-operation between corrupt members of the Queensland Police Force and criminals in the redlight Fortitude Valley.
Catholic Workers reflected that this retail scale of murder and corruption expressed in the Whiskey Au Go Go slaughter was echoed and multiplied in wholesale proprotions in the Australian war effort on Iraq lead by General Cosgrove.
PHOTOS/ ARTTCLE CONTINUED….
“The poor tell us who we are,
The prophets tell us who we could be,
So we hide the poor,
And kill the prophets.”